A state Department of Transportation and Development official says a study is underway to determine the best way to reduce the number of places where trains cross residential routes, such as busy Metairie Road.
Dean Goodell tells 99.5FM a couple of options are under review, including moving the railroad tracks, and he expects that one of the options will be selected by the spring of 2014.
But the completion of such a project is still many years away. Goodell told a standing-room-only crowd at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Metairie Monday night that the study has another 18 months to go with up to 3 years of negotiations with the railroads after that. And he says a track relocation plan carries a hefty price tag.
"Right now we do not have a definite price right now, but we are estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of probably $700 million," Goodell said.